When all you want from your wedding band is rock music!
Some couples just want to rock out at their wedding with the band! No pop, no Motown, no R&B, no country, no folk.... Just pure and simple rock music!!!!
Being fortunate enough to play at lots of gorgeous weddings, I've learned that a variety of genres is what works brilliantly and best. Some of our past couples though, have asked us not to play a variety and to only play one genre - and that genre is always rock! The first time we said we had enough songs in the rock category of our repertoire to be able to deliver a whole evening of it, I remember feeling super anxious that it may not work out and so we made a plan B, just in case!
To our surprise and relief though, it did! And I'm happy to report that when it comes to playing only rock music for your evening wedding reception, it works! We think it's because there are so many sub genres - Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Soft Rock, Progressive Rock, Glam Rock, Punk Rock, Rock and Roll, Blues, Britpop and so on, and an experienced band will know intuitively, which ones to play and when to play them in their sets.
So if you're a couple who's one and only love is rock music and the thought of having anything else at your wedding makes you shudder, I'm here to tell you it'll be okay! As I aways say, it's your wedding and the vibe should be a reflection of who you both are. Of course it's kind to be considerate of your guests but if the thought of having poppy music makes your blood run cold, then don't worry guys! It'll all be okay, as long as you mix up the rock and include rock that people can dance to. People love to dance at weddings and for some, it's the only time they get to dance and so they massively look forward to it!
My advice is to look for a band who plays the rock sub genres I mentioned earlier. Please consider though, it's important to find a professional band who has experience playing rock at weddings. Many dedicated wedding venues have sound limiters these days either fitted or hand held, and a really loud rock band won't be suitable, especially with a drummer using an acoustic drum kit. Electronic drum kits are great because the volume can be turned down, or a duo playing rock with backing tracks works brilliantly for wedding venues or hotels with staying guests.
Rock music doesn't have to be deafly loud when it's played well and with talent.... So as long as you have great musicians with professional equipment, experience and most importantly, consideration for your guests and the venues sound limitations, there's no reason why all your guests shouldn't enjoy the music!
One of our couples requested Comfortably Numb for their first dance and was desperate for it to include a big guitar solo. I have to say it worked out to be one of the most moving first dances I've had the privilege of being a part of. I thought the song may be a little too sombre for a first dance but how wrong was I and it taught me never to presume anything when it comes to first dance song choices. The atmosphere was uplifting, spirited and intensely romantic! I only wish I had a video to show you guys the emotion but I do have a recording of us playing the song. It's hard to imagine these things in the moment but I have to give it to our couple, they chose a brilliantly beautiful and very rare first dance!
Some of the artists we cover in our rock playlist who we find work brilliantly for 'Rock Music Weddings' are Bowie, T Rex, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Razorlight, The Black Keys, Joni Mitchell, The Foo Fighters, Florence & The Machine, Journey, The Pretenders, The White Stripes, The Stereophonics, Queen, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, The Kinks, Paul Weller, Blondie, The Cure, Guns n Roses, The Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Oasis, Jeff Beck, Santana, Bon Jovi, The Beatles, Muse, Dire Straits, Thin Lizzy, Eric Clapton, Prince and there are many more!
One of our gorgeous couples, Will and Jane, love the artist Prince and asked us to play a couple of their favourite Prince songs for them. Their first dance was Adore and towards the end of the night, we played Purple Rain, their absolute favourite! I think they liked it! ;-)
If you'd like a full list of rock music we cover, please drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you and I'm here to help!
Love Georgia x